Training given on reports about campaign finances

Anyone who plans to run for office, or work as a treasurer for such candidates or issue committees, should consider heading over to the Mesa County Central Services Building later this month.

There, employees for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will help instruct participants on the intricacies of dealing with campaign finance reports.

Those reports, which are filed with the Secretary of State or a city clerk depending on the race, can be hard to figure out.

Candidates who do them wrong, or make even simple mistakes, can face hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in fines.

One error can amount to as much as $50 a day for as many days as it hasn’t been corrected.

The classes will cover every kind of candidate or issue committee, including small donor committees and 527 political organizations.

Mesa County Clerk Shiela Reiner said the time is now to learn about it.

“I’m looking forward to hosting another Finance Campaign Class here in Mesa County,” Reiner said. “I benefit by brushing up on the laws and rules myself. Campaigning has already started for the 2018 election cycle.”

Workers in Williams’ office are planning a slew of such training sessions over the next three months. While most are at its offices in Denver, several are on location around the state.

The Mesa County event will he at 10 a.m. June 27 at the Central Services Building, 200 S. Spruce St., Room 40A.

To reserve space at the free classes or to learn more about them, go to the Secretary of State’s website at sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/CampaignFinance/CPFtraining.html.


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